Friday, April 30, 1999

CCM sets stage for 2000

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Regional and American premieres and revivals of rarely done work will highlight the 1999-2000 main-stage season for University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

        The schedule: Frank Galati's acclaimed stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Oct. 28-31; The Secret Garden, Nov. 18-21; Kurt Weill one-act operas Royal Palace and The Czar Has His Photograph Taken, Feb. 10-13; Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, Feb. 24-March 5; Shakespeare's As You Like It, April 13-16; and Rossini's The Voyage to Reims, May 11-14.

        It will be the American premiere of Royal Palace. The Kurt Weill double bill, directed by Jonathan Eaton, will be produced in conjunction with the February annual meeting in Cincinnati of the National Opera Association.

        It will be a regional premiere for The Grapes of Wrath, which chronicles the desperate flight of Tom Joad and his family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to California work camps during the Great Depression.

        The musical theater department will offer near-opposites in the Broadway adaptation of enchanting children's classic The Secret Garden and Pal Joey, Rodgers and Hart's 1950s classic about an opportunistic nightclub singer who uses a wealthy socialite as he romances a sweetly innocent chorus girl.

        The rarely performed Reims, directed by Malcolm Fraser, is a comedy of errors at a French spa that has lost luggage, lost horses, spurned suitors and fainting countesses.

        Subscriptions are $110 for six productions, $40 for a two-show miniseries (drama, musical theater or opera). For more information and to receive a brochure, call the CCM box office at 556-4183.


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